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Gmail is one of the most widely used email services on the planet. And given how many third-party apps and services are available to connect with Gmail, Google had to come up with a reliable method of securing those accounts. Part of that security comes by way of two-factor authentication (2FA), which should be considered a must-use for anyone who works with a Google account.
The problem with 2FA is that third-party apps aren’t always set up to authenticate with the added layer of security.
That means that when you have 2FA enabled for your Google account, connecting a third-party application or service won’t work.
So Google created a feature to get around this problem, called App Passwords.
An app password is a password that is generated so that a third-party app can connect to your Gmail account. You then use it instead of your Google account password when using that app. It really is that simple. And for anyone who’s added 2FA to their Google accounts (which you most certainly should), the App Passwords feature is a necessity for connecting third-party apps and services.
I’m going to show you how to use the App Passwords feature to generate an app password for Gmail. Just remember, this is only required if you have 2FA enabled for your